[Blog] Watch This Now: Ana Tijoux + Manu Chao in Arizona
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[Blog] Watch This Now: Ana Tijoux + Manu Chao in Arizona

The scene in the just-released music video by Alex Rivera looks calm and quaint, at first. Like a few friends camping in the desert who decide to sing a song at sunset, accompanied only by acoustic guitar and the taps of their toes in the dirt. But it’s not so simple. The place is Arizona, … Continue reading

[LA Weekly] Jonny Edwards: Ax in the Box
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[LA Weekly] Jonny Edwards: Ax in the Box

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly’s People 2012 issue: When in character as his alter ego, Jonny Coffin, Jonny Edwards sports a black trench coat, gloves and a top hat. With his flowing dark hair, chiseled features and dramatic makeup, he exudes an aura of sinister mystery. Completing the look is his highly curious black guitar case, which is shaped like a coffin, made from wood and vinyl, and lined with plush velvet… Continue reading

Los Jornaleros del Norte: Day Laborer Band Sings for Immigrant Rights (+ Video)
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Los Jornaleros del Norte: Day Laborer Band Sings for Immigrant Rights (+ Video)

On the cover of the latest Los Jornaleros del Norte album, Que No Pare la Lucha (May The Struggle Go On), a drawing portrays a mustachioed man wearing a cap stitched with the word “dignidad.” His right hand is clenched in a fist above his head. The stance depicts pride and defiance, the same attitude the group has taken in response to Arizona’s controversial immigration law, Senate Bill 1070, which shines through the band’s entire repertoire… Continue reading

Concert Review: Outernational’s Spirited Sound
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Concert Review: Outernational’s Spirited Sound

Outernational is back from performing in Tijuana. “That’s a big deal for us, crossing the border that way!” shouts lead singer Miles Solay in the band’s performance at The Echo on May 1. Everything that emerges from Solay’s mouth is loud — yells, screeches, proclamations — as if he can’t contain his energy. He also has a habit of stretching his words into a drawl to sound like Bob Dylan, or maybe Woody Guthrie. Although his band’s music is more punk rock than folk, these two legends have influenced Outernational’s attitude and music, which demands improved rights for all, especially immigrants. Hence, the delight at travelling from the U.S. to Mexico. Outernational believes in a world devoid of borders, where humans belong to the globe rather than a single country. The group’s newest album, “Todos Somos Ilegales/We Are All Illegal,” examines the plight of recent immigrants living in the U.S…. Continue reading

Concert Review: Quetzal’s Ready to Dance With New Album “Imaginaries”
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Concert Review: Quetzal’s Ready to Dance With New Album “Imaginaries”

At a recent show where Quetzal presented its new album, “Imaginaries,” the song “Infitada” about solidarity with Palestine made one audience member mad. She shouted at lead singer Martha Gonzalez in anger after the performance. But Gonzalez didn’t yell back. “I said, ‘Qué bueno, we have a conversation!’” Gonzalez recalled, telling the story to her … Continue reading

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Café Tacvba Celebrates 20th Anniversary With “Seguir Siendo”

I squinted at the small TV, trying to figure out what to make of the enthusiastic, eccentric performers on the screen.   The small guy with the nasaly voice wearing an image of large breasts on his t-shirt.   The slender pianist who paused his playing to raise his arms and do a dance from the torso … Continue reading

[Blog] Manu Chao Talks Life, Music, Politics with Josh Kun at USC (+ Video)
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[Blog] Manu Chao Talks Life, Music, Politics with Josh Kun at USC (+ Video)

The brilliant globetrotter musician Manu Chao made a special appearance at USC on Oct. 18 to talk life, culture, music and politics with Latino culture scholar Josh Kun. (Part of the “Distinguished Lecture Series for Latin American Art and Culture.”) It was an amazing evening… Continue reading